Looking back at APS Summit 2019

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Looking back at APS Summit 2019

The Academic Performance Solutions (APS) team held its 4th Summit last month where over 100 attendees gathered to learn, explore, share and collaborate. And they did it with such flair!

Over the course of two days, APS partners were immersed in the research that drives APS, as well as best practices for deriving the most value from both the platform and fellow members of the collaborative. This year, the focus was on understanding how individual steps and actions lead to big outcomes. In support of this, we shared our latest infographic with Summit attendees that details how institutional leaders can embed data into core planning processes to better inform decisions they are regularly required to make.

Before the official start of Summit, we hosted a special interactive session for the 2019-2020 Product Advisory Council. The Product Advisory Council is a unique group of partners selected to help us examine the future of APS, as well as provide regular guidance and feedback to the APS product teams on prioritizing future innovation.

Rich Staley kicked off the official start of the Summit, channeling Kevin Costner with a trip to the outfield, asking attendees one question: “If you build it, will they come?” Partners explored their answer to this question and the “how?” through the sessions that followed. In those day 1 sessions:

  • David Attis explored the hidden enemies to strategy by providing a closer look at the cognitive biases that prevent us from adapting to changing student needs
  • Simone Williams took attendees through an extreme networking session where like members worked through change management planning as it pertained to key APS use cases most aligned to institutional goals
  • Leonor Keller discussed the evolution of APS, the feedback and framework used for informing product decisions, and revealed what is in store for the future of APS

During the reception, partners continued the conversations started earlier in the day, connecting over their mutual interests and institutional objectives. Attendees also learned more from Dixie State, Eastern Washington, Marshall, Morgan State, Samford, Wisconsin-Green Bay and Washburn, who participated in the “Share Your Story” campaign.

On Day 2, our partners took center stage, sharing best practices and the strategies that enabled successful adoption of APS on their campuses and embedding of APS analytics into their institutional processes.

Our gracious speakers included:  

Thank you to all speakers and attendees for making this such a wonderful and impactful event! Regardless of attendance, we encourage APS partners to connect with their dedicated consultant to further their action plans for deriving the most value out of APS on campus. Institutional leaders who are not yet partners of the APS collaborative can learn more about how APS can help them incorporate data into key academic and operational decision-making discussions and processes at eab.com/aps.